Bill Wilkerson, Professor, has a Ph.D. in political science from the University at Albany. He studies American politics with an emphasis on law and courts. His research focuses on the salience of the US Supreme Court and the decisions it hands down with the American public using social media data. He occasionally blogs at Active Learning in Political Science. Wilkerson regularly teaches US Government, Civil Rights and Liberties, American Constitutional Development, Law Courts and Politics and Approaches to Political Science (research methods). Outside of work Wilkerson enjoys mountain and road biking, running, reading mysteries and watching soccer.
Brett Heindl has a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. His research looks at the intersection of human rights and religion and is particularly interested in how governments treat religious minorities, both native-born and migrant, within their borders. A related project examines the role religious NGOs play in international development and humanitarian operations. His regular course offerings include international law and organizations, human rights, religion and politics, and US foreign policy. He has two beautiful, strong-willed children and enjoys running, hiking, travel, and science fiction.
Robert W. Compton
International Relations & Comparative Politics
M.A. Bowling Green State Univ.
M.P.A, Ph.D. SUNY Binghamton
Office: Fitzelle 514
Robert W. Compton, Jr., (Ph.D.) is a scholar of Comparative Politics with specializations in political development in Southern Africa and East Asia. He teaches for Political Science and Africana and Latino Studies (ALS) departments in the areas of African Politics; East Asian Politics; and International Political Economy. His research interests converge on issues of political development, nationalism, and political economy in those regions and comparatively. A Fulbright Scholar to Zimbabwe (2008), he also provides consulting services in the area of political development (Zimbabwe and Uganda) with the Center for International Development (SUNY-CID).
Compton is the author and editor of several books including Dynamics of Community Formation, eds. Compton, Robert, Ho Hon Leung, and Yaser Robles, (Palgrave-MacMillan, 2018); Imagining Globalization, eds. Leung, Ho Hon, Matthew Hendley, Robert Compton, and Brian Haley, (Palgrave-MacMillan, 2009); Transforming East Asian Domestic and International Politics, editor (Ashgate, 2002); and East Asian Democratization (Praeger, 2000). Peer reviewed articles and review essays have appeared in Regions and Cohesion, Praxis: Journal of Gender and Cultural Critique, The Journal of African Policy Studies, International Journal on World Peace, and Asian Profile.
Janet E. Day (Ph.D., Political Theory, Purdue University) is an associate professor in the Political Science Department where she teaches courses in American Political Thought, Modern Political Thought, Understanding Political Ideas, Introduction to US Government, Congress and Gender Politics. Her research interests include late 18th and early 19th-century feminist thought, especially pertaining to political life, its intersection with American social and political movements, and conceptualizations of the individual in social and political institutions as envisioned by feminist theorists.
Richard Barberio is an Americanist with a focus on political institutions--especially the Presidency--and public policy. His doctoral work was in the area of political psychology as it pertains to the role of ideology in political participation. Over time, his research and teaching interests have branched out to include an emphasis on the public policy process, resulting in the publication of a textbook, The Politics of Public Policy. His current research on political scandal builds directly on his established work with the “public presidency.” He has also written and taught on the politics of protest and social movements in the U.S. and has a continuing interest in the use of the novel and other forms of fiction as tools for political exploration.
Matt Murphy offers courses in core Comparative and IR topics such as problems of regime change, ethnic conflict, war, and international law & organizations. His research focuses on problems of regime change and post-conflict stability, including "transitional justice" or dealing with the legacies of an authoritarian or violent past. Ongoing research projects concern the effects of transitional justice policies, such as criminal prosecution and screening/lustration, on outcomes such as democracy, human rights, regime consolidation, and political identity. He has a Ph.D. in Political Science from UC San Diego, is a lifelong Oakland A’s fan, and is strangely fascinated with the planet Mars.